Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Formative Assessment - Google Docs

What's that you say? A formative assessment that grades itself? Miraculous!

We are lucky enough to live in a era where many technology tools exist that can make our lives as educators a little easier. Some of my favorites include Socrative, InfuseLearning, and one of the simplest, Google Docs. If you're not familiar with Socrative or InfuseLearning, keep an eye out for my upcoming posts about these two wonderful tech tools!

Last week I did a tech tutorial with my teachers on using Google Docs for grading. A few of my more reluctant technology users told me that there was "No way technology could make her life any easier." After we finished, she wanted to know when I could come work with her to create her first quiz!

Getting Started
You need to create a Google Drive account. If your school district is like mine, you'll need to create a separate account using your school email address. Our email system blocks emails from non-school email addresses, so Flubaroo would be unable to email you students their results.

  1. Go to https://drive.google.com
  2. Sign out of your personal Gmail account(if you are currently signed in)
  3. Click the Sign Up button in the upper right hand corner.
  4. When on the Sign Up screen, select "I prefer to use my current email address" under the Choose Your Username box.
  5. Fill out the form using your district email address.
  6. Google will send a verification email to the address you provided. Once you verify your account, you're ready to go! 

Flubaroo's website does an excellent job of explaining how to use it in conjunction with Google Forms. Check out their intro video here:

Here's a link to their user guide: http://www.flubaroo.com/flubaroo-user-guide
Flubaroo User Guide
In addition to its uses in the classroom, it's also a good way to find out how much your faculty/staff know about a particular topic. We used this in a faculty meeting to gauge the knowledge level of our staff on a particular topic. Try it out - let me know what you think!

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